Top-ranked Orange win 13th in a row

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — James Southerland and Brandon Triche each hit a pair of 3-pointers to key a 19-point first-half surge, and top-ranked Syracuse beat Tulane 80-61 on Thursday night to remain unbeaten.

Syracuse's James Southerland scores against Tulane in the second half. He had two 3-pointers in a 19-point first-half surge as the Orange beat the Green Wave.  Kevin Rivoli/Associated Press
Kevin Rivoli/Associated Press
Syracuse's James Southerland scores against Tulane in the second half. He had two 3-pointers in a 19-point first-half surge as the Orange beat the Green Wave.

It’s the third consecutive season Syracuse has won its first 13 games. The Orange have won three in a row since reaching the top spot in the rankings 10 days ago.

Tulane (11-2) had faced the No. 1 team in the nation twice before, losing to Cincinnati (72-59) in January 2000 and Memphis (97-71) in February 2008.

Dion Waiters had 15 points for the Orange.

NO. 2 OHIO STATE 69, MIAMI (OHIO) 40

In Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored 18 points and Aaron Craft dominated at both ends as Ohio State started fast and never looked back to beat Miami of Ohio.

Deshaun Thomas added 15 points and Jared Sullinger 11 for the Buckeyes (12-1), who won their 33rd in a row at home.

NO. 3 KENTUCKY 87, LOYOLA (MD.) 63

In Lexington, Ky., reserve Kyle Wiltjer scored a personal-best 24 points and a trio of freshmen sparked Kentucky’s 17-2 second-half run to beat Loyola (Md.) for the Wildcats’ 42nd consecutive win at home.

Freshmen Anthony Davis contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 points and seven rebounds as Kentucky (11-1) heads into a five-day break.

NO. 8 CONNECTICUT 79, FAIRFIELD 71

In Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier scored 24 points to lead Connecticut over in-state rival Fairfield in the final game before coach Jim Calhoun serves a three-game suspension for NCAA recruiting violations.

Jeremy Lamb added 18 points and Andre Drummond had 16 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Huskies (10-1), who won their 41st consecutive nonconference game.

NO. 11 FLORIDA 82, FLORIDA STATE 64

In Gainesville, Fla., Bradley Beal scored 21 points, Patric Young added 15 and Florida beat rival Florida State.

The Gators (10-2) extended their winning streak to five and their home winning streak to 12.

NO. 16 GEORGETOWN 70, MEMPHIS 59

In Washington, Jason Clark scored 18 points and Hollis Thompson added 17 as Georgetown (10-1) beat Memphis (6-5), which has dropped three of its past four games.

NO. 17 INDIANA 89, MARYLAND-BALTIMORE CO. 47

In Bloomington, Ind., Matt Roth, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford led a 3-point barrage in the second half that carried Indiana (12-0).

The Hoosiers shot 69 percent (9 of 13) from long range after intermission.

NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 82, NORTHWESTERN STATE 67

In Jackson, Miss., Arnett Moultrie had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and Mississippi State beat Northwestern State (12-1) for its 11th consecutive win.

NO. 20 MICHIGAN 77, BRADLEY 66

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added a soaring dunk during a decisive run in the second half to lead Michigan (10-2).

NO. 23 CREIGHTON 87, NORTHWESTERN 79

In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and Creighton (10-1) defeated a Big Ten opponent for the third time this season with a victory over Northwestern (10-2).

TEXAS-EL PASO 61, CLEMSON 48

In Honolulu, Michael Perez scored a career-high 25 points to lead Texas-El Paso (5-5) over Clemson in an opening-round game of the Diamond Head Classic.

K.J. McDaniels scored 13 points and Milton Jennings 10 to lead the Tigers (6-5).

Clemson made just 3 of 21 3-point attempts.


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